Israel launches water crisis management campaigns

Tuesday, April 07, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

While late winter rains have alleviated some of Israel's water concerns, the threat of a serious drought this summer still exists, warn Israeli water officials.

The Israel Water Authority recently wrapped up its "Israel is Drying Up" campaign, and noted that over the past couple of months private water usage had dropped by 12 percent as a result of the effort.

But that is not enough, and after the Passover holiday, the Water Authority will launch another campaign urging Israelis to help save the Sea of Galilee from shrinking any further by making additional cuts to their private water usage.

The government is also gearing up to implement some direct measures to curb water use, including cutting agriculture quotas, heavily taxing farmers and private homes that use too much water, and fining anyone who waters their private lawn.

The distribution of water-saving devices, such as small hourglasses to time showers, will also be tried as a partial solution to the problem.

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